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June 15, 2014
First Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of All Saints
 
    The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost.  On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God’s people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive.  These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality.  On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God’s people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.
 
Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith.  The Apos­tle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set be­fore us.
 
Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30:  In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the mean­ing of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are dis­ci­ples of His.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple.  Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls the Great Mercy.
 
Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear.  We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.
 
Kontakion of the Saints:  To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs.  Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, June 15   (Sunday of All Saints)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, June 16    [Fast of the Apostles begins]
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, June 17  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                                   
Wednesday, June 18    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         —  Parish Council Meeting [Please note change in date]
           
Thursday, June 19   
           
Friday, June 20    
 
Saturday, June 21   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, June 22   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group                       
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                     Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
June 15                        Algood                                     Pigott/Brock/Strain
June 22                        Katool                                       D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
June 29                        Schelver                                   Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
 
Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew.  Please be sure to use this book when you read.
                                           Reader                                   Reading                           Page#
June 15                              Mildred Morris                      Heb. 11:33-12:2               84
June 22                              Phillip Lasseter                      Rom. 2:10-16                    90
June 29                              Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver              II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9   389-390
 
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
 
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot;
Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family.
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
 
Please be reminded of the following:
Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion.  Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor.  Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.
         Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway.  Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
  
Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose.  If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
 
Parents, please supervise your children with food in the Fellowship Hall.  We are getting stains on the new carpet (and also the chairs in the nave).
 
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults will meet once a month on Sunday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (time will be strictly adhered to) for a meal, fellowship and teaching.  The date for next meeting is, Sunday, July 27th .  Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.  Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
*    The Apostles Fast begins on Monday, June 16th and continues through June 28th.
*    Vacation Church School – June 26th – 28th.  More information concerning times, etc. will be available in the near future.
*    The Feast of The Chief Apostles Peter and Paul will be celebrated on Sunday, June 29th
 
Fasting Discipline for June
The Fast of the Apostles begins on Monday, June 16th and continues through the 28th.  During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week.
 
Major Commemorations for June
June 15                  Sunday of All Saints
June 24                  Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29                  Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                  Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
 
Happy Anniversaries in June:
         June 8                    —    Nader and Lily Dabit (#6!)
         June 10                  —    Dorin and Carolina Lavric (#3!)
         June 14                  —    Ken and Anastasia Jones (#44!)
                                       —    Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#50!)
         June 22                  —    Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver (#40!)
         June 31                  —    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#4!)
 
Happy Birthdays in June:
         June 1                    —    Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                    —    George Wood
         June 6                    —    Michel Root (#2!)
         June 7                    —    Simon Karam
         June 12                  —    Ellie Yeatts (#16!)
         June 13                  —    Lou Turner
         June 17                  —    Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                  —    Sandra Strain
         June 22                  —    Isabelle Goss (#4!)
         June 29                  —    Jennifer Skirtech
 
Vacation Church School:  We will be holding our Vacation Church School on Thursday-Saturday, June 26-28.  The focus of this year’s school will be on educating our children about the lives of their Name-Saints and of Sts. Peter and Paul. 
 
Suggestions on use of the Cry Room:
            — Please remember you’re in liturgy when you’re in the cry room.
            — Its main purpose should be a place for parents to take their children if they’re being disruptive during liturgy, staying for 5-10 minutes (or until the child is calmed down) and then returning to liturgy.
            — It should not be used as a main sitting area during the liturgy.
            — Children should not be eating snacks or watching electronic devices while in the cry room.
 
Quotable:  “The third degree is prayer of feeling:  the heart is warmed by concentration so that what hitherto has only been thought now becomes feeling.  Where first it was a contrite phrase now it is contrition itself; and what was once a petition in words is transformed into a sensation of entire necessity.  Whoever has passed through action and thought to true feeling, will pray without words, for God is God of the heart.  So that the end of apprenticeship in prayer can be said to come when in our prayer we move from feeling to feeling.  In this state reading may cease, as well as deliberate thought; let there be only a dwelling in feeling with specific marks of prayer.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
 
                                               
Worship:         Sunday, June 22, 2014 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
        
         Scripture:                               Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                             Katool
         Coffee Hour:                          D. Root/Dansereau

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